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ADF and NLF: agreement will train new attorney for the battle for religious liberty  

ADF official comment
Published On: 10/18/2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—The Alliance Defense Fund and the National Legal Foundation have entered into a one-year agreement to further their mutual goal of training law school graduates to become highly capable constitutional lawyers in the battle for religious freedom.

“The need of the hour is to develop the next generation of constitutional lawyers to defend religious liberty.  It is one of ADF’s paramount goals, and our agreement with the National Legal Foundation is an important component in furthering this critical objective,” said ADF Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull.

As part of the agreement, ADF and NLF have selected an exemplary attorney and recent law school graduate, Joseph Martins, to begin an intensive training program.  According to the agreement, the program is designed “to develop an excellent lawyer capable of managing sophisticated and complex litigation involving issues common to the legal scope” of both organizations.

“We are excited at this opportunity to partner with ADF in striving toward our common goal,” said NLF President Steven W. Fitschen.  “This agreement reflects our common desire to provide the resources necessary for developing and equipping constitutional lawyers who will defend the religious liberties America’s Founding Founders held dear.”

Martins is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He completed his clerkship with Justice E. Riley Anderson of the Tennessee Supreme Court and has been in practice for nearly one year with the Asheville, N.C., firm Dungan and Associates.  He is married and currently resides in Asheville.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.